kolmapäev, mai 26, 2004

Wasted Minutes

This story suggests something that has always bothered me about 9/11. We talk a lot about Bush sitting in that classroom for several minutes reading a book after the first attack. Now, mostly, this is centered on mocking him or noting with suspicion that he didn't seem concerned. But what stands out to me is that, for those few minutes, hijacked jets were up in the air and the only man with the authority to have them shot down was reading a children's book.

The exact time Bush ultimately gave the order is unclear, as are the circumstances surrounding it. But NORAD says they could have stopped the Pentagon attack if the order had been given sooner. I can't help but wonder, if Bush had started dealing with the situation five minutes sooner, what would have happened?

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